Sacramento (California): A white couple
has been convicted in federal court in a racially motivated attack on an Indian immigrant.
Prosecutors say 56-year-old Joseph Silva and his
52-year-old wife Georgia yelled racial slurs at Vishal Wadhwa
and his wife on a Lake Tahoe beach in July 2007.
When Wadhwa went to call police, he was attacked and
kicked in the head several times. He suffered broken face
bones and has lingering sensory and focus complications.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports that a jury found
the Silvas guilty Thursday of interfering with Wadhwa`s right
to enjoy public facilities because of his race or national
The couple previously pleaded no contest to
misdemeanor assault and battery in El Dorado County Superior
Court. Georgia Silva was sentenced to a year in jail and
Joseph Silva to six months.